BMJ: One in seven children may still have Long Covid symptoms 15 weeks after infection

Up to one in seven (14%) children and young people who caught SARS-CoV-2 may have symptoms linked to the virus 15 weeks later, suggest preliminary findings from the world’s largest study on long Covid in children, led by UCL and Public Health England researchers.

For the study, published on the preprint site Research Square and funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), researchers surveyed 3,065 11- to 17-year-olds in England who had positive results in a PCR test between January and March as well as a matched control group of 3,739 11- to 17-year-olds who tested negative over the same period.

They found that, when surveyed at an average of 15 weeks after their test, 14% more young people in the test positive group had three or more symptoms of ill health, including unusual tiredness and headaches, than those in the test negative group, while 7% (one in 14) more had five or more symptoms.

The researchers said the data suggested that, over seven months between last September and March, at least 4,000 and possibly 32,000 teenagers of the total population of 11- to 17-year-olds who tested positive in England may have had multiple (three or more) symptoms tied to Covid-19 infection after 15 weeks.

UCL article

Preprint: Long COVID – the physical and mental health of children and non-hospitalised young people 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection; a national matched cohort study (The CLoCk) Study.

 

 

 

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Italy: Two children die shortly after 2nd Pfizer vaccination

Giulia Lucenti died aged 16, the day after the vaccine. “Giulia dreamed to be able to work abroad in the field of robotics. “The memories of mum Oxana and dad Lorenzo dissolve in the excruciating pain of having lost their only daughter at only 16 years old,“ sixteen hours after the second vaccine dose” specifies the mother. 

Majda El Azrak, 14-year-old girl, went into a coma two days after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine: the young woman died after 26 days.  The first dose of the vaccine Pfizer on July 22, the second on August 17. The following day, August 18, severe headache and swelling in one eye that made it necessary to be hospitalized, on August 19, at the Tricase hospital in Bari. A few hours later the clinical picture worsened up to in a state of coma, which lasted 26 days at the “Giovanni XXIII” hospital. She died like that Majda El Azrak, a young Ruffanese girl of Moroccan origins.

Reports from Italy24 news: Guilia Lucenti, Majda El Azrak

 

Italy: ALL workers must have a Covid vaccination or negative test

 

CDC: Masks in schools help prevent Covid-19 outbreaks and spread

Covid-19 outbreaks are far more likely in schools that don’t require students and staff to wear masks, new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Two studies released Friday support the agency’s recommendation for universal indoor masking in schools.

One study in Arizona showed schools with no masking requirement were about 3.5 times more likely to have a Covid-19 outbreak than schools that had a universal masking requirement.

A second study showed counties across the US where schools required mask use also had less transmission of the virus in the community in general.

CNN Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preprint: Children with long Covid show a similar brain hypometabolic pattern as that found in adult long Covid patients

Despite lower initial severity at the acute stage of the infection, paediatric patients demonstrated on average 5 months later a similar brain hypometabolic pattern as that found in adult long COVID patients, involving bilateral medial temporal lobes, brainstem and cerebellum, and also the right olfactory gyrus after small volume correction.

Preprint: Similar patterns of [18F]-FDG brain PET hypometabolism in paediatric and adult patients with long COVID: a paediatric case series

 

Malaysia: surge in Covid cases and deaths involving children reported

 

Cornell University: 95% Covid vaccinated, 322 infections in one week

Cornell University, which has a population of around 40,000 and a 95% Covid-19 vaccination rate, was declared a “yellow zone” after their first week of classes because 322 people there tested positive for the coronavirus during the opening “surveillance testing.”  

During the first week of classes this year, 95% of those tested had both COVID shots. However, last year during the same period, before the rollout of the experimental medical products, five times fewer positive coronavirus cases were recorded.  

Lifesitenews.com report

 

 

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Robert Peston: Infections higher among doubled vaccinated aged 40 to 79 than for the unvaccinated

ITV journalist Robert Peston is getting a roasting on social media today for pointing out the fully vaccinated over-40’s are far more likely to become infected with Covid-19 than unvaccinated over-40’s .

Peston posted the chart below from the latest Public Health England Covid-19 vaccine surveillance report for Week 36. It clearly shows that those aged over 40 who have had both vaccine jabs are far more likely to become infected than those that are unvaccinated.

Official information about vaccine breakthroughs has been available from around the globe for months Robert. Why hasn’t any of the mainstream media looked at it?  Are there any investigative journalists left, or are amateur internet investigators supposed to do the hard work whilst paid journalists simply reprint government press releases that are emailed to them without checking the facts first?

Robert Peston’s ITV article

Public Health England vaccine surveillance report week 36

Drastic Research into the origins of Sars-CoV-2

 

Public Health England releases detailed vaccine breakthrough information

 

Preprint: Boys aged 12-17 more at risk from mRNA vaccines than from Covid

A total of 257 cardiac adverse event (CAE) were identified. Rates per million following dose 2 among males were 162.2 (ages 12-15) and 94.0 (ages 16-17); among females, rates were 13.0 and 13.4 per million, respectively.

For boys 12-15 without medical comorbidities receiving their second mRNA vaccination dose, the rate of CAE is 3.7 to 6.1 times higher than their 120-day COVID-19 hospitalization risk as of August 21, 2021 (7-day hospitalizations 1.5/100k population) and 2.6-4.3-fold higher at times of high weekly hospitalization risk (7-day hospitalizations 2.1/100k), such as during January 2021. For boys 16-17 without medical comorbidities, the rate of CAE is currently 2.1 to 3.5 times higher than their 120-day COVID-19 hospitalization risk, and 1.5 to 2.5 times higher at times of high weekly COVID-19 hospitalization.

Medrxiv Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination-Associated Myocarditis in Children Ages 12-17: A Stratified National Database Analysis 

 

** UPDATE **

The Guardian Newspaper has caught up with the news here: “Boys more at risk from Pfizer jab side-effect than Covid, suggests study

Los Angeles, meanwhile, is headed in the opposite direction. “Los Angeles schools to require Covid vaccinations for students 12 and older

 

 

 

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USA: children now account for more than one quarter of new weekly US COVID-19 cases

For the first time during the pandemic, children now account for more than one quarter of new weekly US COVID-19 cases, according to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Nearly 252,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported for the week ending Sep 2, the largest number recorded for children during the pandemic, according to the report. . Children accounted for 26.8% of reported weekly US cases. The AAP said this was the largest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began.

Center of Infectious diseases and policy

 

 

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Netherlands: 12.5 percent of Covid infections contracted at an education facility last week

“One in eight coronavirus infections last week, 12.5 percent, was contracted at an education or childcare facility. That is based on all coronavirus cases in which the GGDs managed to trace the suspected source of infection. The number of infections rose sharply among children of primary school age.  In Utrecht, where children have completed their first week of school after the summer holidays, ten to fifteen school groups are being sent home every day because of positive tests, said a spokesperson for the GGD.”

NLTimes.com report

 

 

 

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UK: Why the JVCI are NOT recommending vaccinations for children aged 12yrs – 15yrs

“Overall, the committee is of the opinion that the benefits from vaccination are marginally greater than the potential known harms but acknowledges that there is considerable uncertainty regarding the magnitude of the potential harms. The margin of benefit, based primarily on a health perspective, is considered too small to support advice on a universal programme of vaccination of otherwise healthy 12 to 15-year-old children at this time. As longer-term data on potential adverse reactions accrue, greater certainty may allow for a reconsideration of the benefits and harms. Such data may not be available for several months.”

“The available data indicate that the clinical manifestations of myocarditis following vaccination are typically self-limiting and resolves within a short time. However, the clinical picture is atypical and the medium to long-term (months to years) prognosis, including the possibility of persistence of tissue damage resulting from inflammation, is currently uncertain as sufficient follow-up time has not yet occurred.”

Full JVCI Statement here

 

 

 

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Children to spearhead Britain’s winter offensive against the coronavirus

The same UK politicians and scientists who have blundered from one disaster to the next in the Covid crisis have decided to reopen British schools in September 2021 with no mitigations in place and to let our children bear the brunt of the next brutal Covid wave alone.

Whilst Boris Johnson is cowardly hiding in his Whitehall bunker, British children will be sent to the front lines with no protection whatsoever and made to fight the virus in its most aggressive winter form at their nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.

The result:

Death and disability

Long Covid rife in children of three years and upwards

A generation betrayed

 

Britain unconditionally surrenders to the coronavirus

 

Children now account for 36% of Tennessee’s virus cases

 

 

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France: Brain damage found in paediatric long covid cases

For the first time, the cerebral reality of the long form of the Covid-19 is demonstrated in children. Seven young patients suffering from persistent symptoms were explored by functional imaging (PET-scan) in the nuclear medicine department of the Timone hospital, headed by Pr Guedj. “The complaints of these children can not simply be explained by psychological and psychiatric disorders”, believes the specialist who has already identified, identically, this brain damage in adult patients, and who today favors the ‘hypothesis of inflammation of the brain, at the time of infection with SARS-CoV-2, to explain, in a subgroup of patients, the very long-lasting symptoms: “There is real brain damage. We cannot sum it up to something purely functional. “

“During the first wave, 17% of children and Covid-positive adolescents have developed a long Covid”

Paris Match report (in French)

Preprint: Similar patterns of [18F]-FDG brain PET hypometabolism in paediatric and adult patients with long COVID: a paediatric case series

 

Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 trafficking between brain and lung

USA: 5,703 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 children

USA Cumulative Number of Child COVID-19 Cases:

  • 4,292,120 total child COVID-19 cases reported, and children represented 14.3% (4,292,120/30,025,995) of all cases
  • Overall rate: 5,703 cases per 100,000 children in the population

 

Change in Child COVID-19 Cases

  • 93,824 child COVID-19 cases were reported the past week from 7/29/21-8/5/21 (4,198,296 to 4,292,120) and children represented 15.0% (93,824/623,590) of the weekly reported cases
  • Over two weeks, 7/22/21-8/5/21, there was a 4% increase in the cumulated number of child COVID-19 cases (165,550 cases added (4,126,570 to 4,292,120))

Testing (11 states reported)

  • Among states reporting, children made up between 11.0%-20.0% of total cumulated state tests, and between 4.8%-17.6% of children tested were tested positive

Hospitalizations (23 states and NYC reported)

  • Among states reporting, children ranged from 1.5%-3.5% of their total cumulated hospitalizations, and 0.1%-1.9% of all their child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization

Mortality (43 states, NYC, PR and GU reported)

  • Among states reporting, children were 0.00%-0.26% of all COVID-19 deaths, and 7 states reported zero child deaths
  • In states reporting, 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death

 

American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association report

 

Sars-CoV-2 – checkmate to the virus in four moves

UK: 5% of children hospitalized with Covid-19 develop brain or nerve complications

A new UK study has found that around 1 in 20 of children hospitalised with COVID-19 develop brain or nerve complications linked to the viral infection. The research, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health and led by the University of Liverpool, identifies a wide spectrum of neurological complications in children and suggests they may be more common than in adults admitted with COVID-19.

ScienceDaily.com report

 

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